The Foundations of Chinese Medicine

The Foundations of Chinese Medicine : A Comprehensive Text

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This is a new edition of the most successful Chinese medicine textbook ever published in the English language. The book covers the theory of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and discusses in detail the use of the acupuncture points and the principles of treatment. The material is based on rigorous reference to ancient and modern Chinese texts, and explains the application of theory in a Western practice context. The new edition includes additional new material, as well as revised chapters, as detailed below. In particular, 50 more acupuncture points are discussed, and further patterns (as well as some combined patterns) have been added. More case studies and case histories have been included, and pinyin equivalents have been added to key terms. Additional information is given on pathological processes and factors; principles of point prescribing; diagnosis, especially pulse diagnosis; the relative weighting of symptoms; identification of patterns according to the Four Levels and the Three Burners; channel theory; Warm and Cold disease; and vital substances. The glossary has been considerably expanded.
In addition, the text presentation has been redesigned to make it even easier and clearer for students to navigate around the chapters. A second colour has been introduced, and more drawings, diagrams and tables now supplement the text. Summaries are included at the beginning and end of each chapter, and icons have been added to support the clarity of the text. A CD-ROM is also included with the book, and it contains over 750 self-testing questions in a variety of formats. The students have the option to be marked electronically on their answers. Also included are 65 full colour surface anatomy images as an additional resource.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 1236 pages
  • 196 x 250 x 52mm | 2,558.25g
  • Elsevier Health Sciences
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 184 ills.
  • 0443074895
  • 9780443074899
  • 30,362

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'This version remedies some of the shortcomings of the first edition and is now as near a complete exposition of Chinese medicine theory as could be presented in a single text. It is unlikely to be supplanted for years to come, if ever, and with Giovanni's similarly seminal textbooks on clinical practice, diagnostics, gynaecology and obstetrics and tongue diagnosis, forms the bedrock for all practitioners of Chinese medicine in the West.' Peter Deadman "The text is beautifully presented in two colours. A large number of clear illustrations and text boxes highlight the important points and aid readability. Learning outcomes are summarised at the end of each chapter. This is a well designed and easy to read textbook, which sources mainly from the classic Chinese medicine texts, including both ancient literature and modern books. It benefits from the author's rich experience in clinical practice in the West and his training in China. An in-depth understanding of the principles and theories of TCM enables the author to explain this complicated ancient healing system in a way that is understandable to Western students.I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in studying TCM systematically, particulary those intending to develop a career in acupuncture." R Guo, Exeter, UK
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About Giovanni Maciocia

Giovanni Maciocia is one of the most highly-regarded and respected authors and lecturers in the West. He is Visiting Associate Professor at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has many years of experience in teaching and practice. Giovanni trained initially in the UK and then in China, learned Chinese to be able to study from original Chinese texts, and was one of the first practitioners and authors to introduce Chinese medicine in a clear and accessible way to a Western student audience. Giovanni Maciocia has written other best-selling books under the Elsevier Churchill Livingstone imprint - The Practice of Chinese Medicine: The Treatment of Diseases with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 2e (ISBN 978-0443074905), Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide, 1e (ISBN 9780443064487), The Channels of Acupuncture: Clinical Use of the Secondary Channels and Eight Extraordinary Vessels, 1e (ISBN 9780443074912), The Psyche in Chinese Medicine: Treatment of Emotional and Mental Disharmonies with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, 1e (ISBN 9780702029882), and Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine, 2e (ISBN 9780443104220).
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Table of contents

Part 1: General Theory. Introduction. Yin-Yang..The 5 Elements. The Vital Substances. The Transformation Of Qi. Part 2: The Functions Of The Internal Organs. Introduction. Section 1: Functions Of The Yin Organs. Introduction. Functions Of The Heart. Functions Of The Liver. Functions Of The Lungs. Functions Of The Spleen. Functions Of The Kidneys. Functions Of The Pericardium. Yin Organ Interrelationships. Section 2: Functions Of The Yang Organs Introduction. Functions Of The Stomach. Functions Of The Small Intestine. Functions Of The Large Intestine. Functions Of The Gall Bladder. Functions Of The Bladder. Functions Of The Triple Burner. Section 3: Functions Of The 6 Extraordinary Yang Organs. Introduction. The Uterus - Brain - Marrow - Bones - Blood Vessels - Gall Bladder. Part 3: The Causes Of Disease. Introduction. Internal Causes Of Disease. External Causes Of Disease. Miscellaneous Causes Of Disease. Part 4: Diagnosis. Introduction. Diagnosis By Observation. Diagnosis By Interrogation. Diagnosis By Palpation. Diagnosis By Hearing And Smelling. Part 5: Pathology. Introduction. The Pathology Of Full And Empty Conditions. The Pathology Of Yin-Yang Imbalance. Pathology Of Qi Mechanism. Part 6: Identification Of Patterns. Introduction. Section 1: Identification Of Patterns According To The 8 Principles And Qi-Blood-Body Fluids. Identification Of Patterns According To The 8 Principles. Identification Of Patterns According To Qi-Blood-Body Fluids. Section 2: Identification Of Patterns According To The Internal Organs. Introduction To Section 2. Heart Patterns. Pericardium Patterns. Liver Patterns Lung Patterns. Spleen Patterns. Kidney Patterns. Stomach Patterns. Small Intestine Patterns. Large Intestine Patterns. Gall-Bladder Patterns. Bladder Patterns. Section 3: Identification Of Patterns According To Pathogenic Factors Identification Of Patterns According To Pathogenic Factors. Identification Of Patterns According To The 6 Stages. Identification Of Patterns According To The 4 Levels. Identification Of Patterns According To 3 Burners. Section 4: Identification Of Patterns According To The 12 Channels, 8 Extraordinary Vessels And The 5 Elements Identification Of Patterns According To The 12 Channels. Identification Of Patterns According To The 8 Extraordinary Vessels. Identification Of Patterns According To The 5 Elements. Part 7: The Acupuncture Points. Section 1: Categories Of Points. The Five Transporting Points. Other Categories Of Points. The Extraordinary Vessels. Section 2: The Function Of The Points. Introduction. Lung Channel. Large Intestine Channel. Stomach Channel. Spleen Channel. Heart Channel. Small Intestine Channel. Bladder Channel. Kidney Channel. Pericardium Channel. Triple Burner Channel. Gall-Bladder Channel. Liver Channel. Directing Vessel. Governing Vessel. Extra Points. Part 8: Principles Of Treatment. Principles And Strategies Of Treatment. Principles Of Combination Of Points. Prescriptions. Glossary Of Chinese Terms. Bibliography. Appendix 1: Dynasties Of China
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